Soak Ya Water Park still makes a summer splash
By: Atlanta Northcutt -- Reporter for the Southern Standard
The crowded crazy river at Soak Ya Water Park will look much different this summer.
Lake Winnie is a popular family summer vacation spot, and includes Soak Ya Water Park for those wanting to splash around and cool down during the dog days of summer.
Soak Ya Water Park is feeling the effects of the pandemic but continuing on with a plethora of safety precautions. Lake Winnie is even offering a back to school special including unlimited rides for $25 per person of all ages.
Guests and team members have increased health and safety measures at Soak Ya Water Park. Attendees must follow all posted instructions and those given by team members while visiting the park.
The Lake Winnie website states, “Any interaction with the general public poses an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected. The CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health advise that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting SoakYa Water Park, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Let’s keep each other healthy and safe.”
The parks are presenting warnings and informing visitors they are taking their own risk by entering the park, as well as reinforcing the fact the parks are not responsible for any spread of the virus. Face masks and face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn, but not mandatory, for all visitors ages 3 and up, with some exceptions.
The water park opened in two stages. The first reopening was Phase One on June 20 and included the water park only. In order to control capacity and offer smaller, healthier, safe and more enjoyable experiences at SoakYa Water Park, all tickets for general admission were sold online with reservations only and required guests to select their date of visit on the park’s website.
The CDC has stated, “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Additionally, proper operation of these aquatic venues and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus.”
In order to control capacity and offer smaller, health safe, and more enjoyable experiences, starting June 20 for Soak Ya Water Park, all tickets for general admission were all sold online and reservations were needed to visit the park.
Phase Two began July 6, and includes a selection of kiddie, family and thrill rides that are inherently socially distanced, as well as the water park. No bathing suites are allowed on the rides, no outside food in the park and the picnic grounds are closed.
Reservations are currently not required, and tickets may be purchased online or at the entrance gate. Masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
A detailed list of rules and more information can be found at lakewinnie.com.